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VIRTUAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT CONTROL SOFTWARE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021405D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 2M

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

John Scott Carter: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

The purpose of this invention is to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the component evaluations conducted by component engineers and technicians within a laboratory setting. The invention is a computer program that produces either an exact replica or a near exact replica of each piece of equipment that it communicates with. This program takes a unique approach to laboratory test equipment automation, in that the user views a display that represents the equipment in a virtual model, allowing an intuitive approach to control. An engineer or technician who knows how to use the actual equipment without automated control can easily use the equipment when it is computer-controlled without very much additional training. All controls that are available to the user on the actual equipment are also available to the user on the virtual equipment. Plus, the virtual presentation of the equipment may be broadened to include audio and video equipment through the use of I-Link technology.

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Sony Technical Digest, Volume 3, November 2000, ISSN 1521-5180

VIRTUAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT CONTROL SOFTWARE

Invention by: John Scott Carter

Kyle Kincaid

The purpose of this invention is to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the component evaluations conducted by component engineers and technicians within a laboratory setting. The invention is a computer program that produces either an exact replica or a near exact replica of each piece of equipment that it communicates with. This program takes a unique approach to laboratory test equipment automation, in that the user views a display that represents the equipment in a virtual model, allowing an intuitive approach to control. An engineer or technician who knows how to use the actual equipment without automated control can easily use the equipment when it is computer-controlled without very much additional training. All controls that are available to the user on the actual equipment are also available to the user on the virtual equipment. Plus, the virtual presentation of the equipment may be broadened to include audio and video equipment through the use of I-Link technology.

The software includes a data window that allows for the user to have an output for multiple readings directly through the program, and the system can easily import or copy the data into a spreadsheet for quick presentation or graphing. The data window also allows the user to save either single pieces of data or multiple sets of data. The software is...